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Complete Balalaika Book (Bk/Cd)
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Sheet Music
Voicing/Format Balalaika
Composer Ekkel, Bibs
Publisher Mel Bay Publications Inc
Series Texas Music & Video

Price: $24.95

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Catalog #96213BCD

UPC code: 796279028462

The balalaika is most often associated with Russian folklore. In this comprehensive method book, concert and recording artist Bibs Ekkel shares his extensive knowledge of the balalaika as taught in Russia today. This 160-page book is divided into four sections: an extensive Foreword, the Tutor, A Brief History of the Balalaika, and a Repertoire Section. Unlike many Mel Bay books, the Complete Balalaika Book does not begin with the rudiments of music notation. Rather, the 20-page Foreword offer insights on the tunings of all the instruments in the balalaika family, hand positions, string sources and height adjustment, and chord shapes. The author even describes how to make a bass balalaika pick from shoe leather. The Tutor or instruction segment is written for the 'prima balalaika' which is correctly played with the fingers only rather than with a pick. The Tutor jumps right in with exercises and tunes in quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-note values with occasional dotted notes and syncopation. Perhaps half of the music in this section is shown in both standard notation and tablature. A glossary of musical signs and Russian musical terns is included. A Brief History of the Balalaika is well written and nicely illustrated. Very few Mel Bay books contain such a comprehensive historical overview of the subject instrument. The Repertoire Section offers a valuable resource of Eastern European folk tunes. All but two selections in this section are written in both notation and tab with suggested guitar chords, the exceptions being an arrangement for balalaika and piano, and a balalaika orchestra score. More than simple melody chord leadsheets, these are the author's own arrangements of tunes for solo balalaika and balalaika orchestra. A companion CD with selections performed by the author completes this highly effective instructional package.

Title Artist Arranger Composer Key DD
AKH NASTASYA  
BAA-BAA BLACK SHEEP  
COSSACK CROSSED THE DANUBE,A  
DANCE DANCE  
DARK BROWED DARK EYED LAD  
DAYDREAMS  
DO NOT SCOLD ME  
FOR CZAR MOTHERLAND AND FAITH  
GO HOME YOU GOSSIPS  
GOD SAVE THE CZAR  
GOIN' HOME  
I LOVED YOU  
I SHALL GO DOWN TO THE RIVER  
I WAS IN THE GARDEN  
IN THE FIELD A BIRCH TREE STOOD  
IT'S NOT THE WIND THAT BENDS THE BRANCH  
KATIUSHA  
LEAF FROM AN ALBUM  
MOONSHINE  
POLOSYNKA  
POST TROIKA HASTENS,THE  
SLENDER ROWAN TREE,THE  
TWO GUITARS  
UNDER THE APPLE TREE  
URAL ROWAN TREE,THE  
VARYAG  
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